Savour the Small Stuff

Image by NASA, via Wikimedia Commons. In 1978 six astronauts who had been in training at the Johnson Space Center for almost a year are getting a sample of weightlessness. They are onboard the NASA KC-135 that uses a special parabolic pattern to create brief periods of microgravity, affording astronauts and astronaut candidates a preview of spaceflight. These flights are nicknamed the “vomit comet” because of the nausea that is often induced.

More wise words from Chris Hadfield this week. Why not write down three things that you could savour right now.  It could be a good conversation, your walk in the park or something small that made you laugh. Whatever works for you.  It’ll boost your dopamine and your performance at work today.  This and other techniques can energise us all and are a key part of our Positive Leadership, Peak Performance course.

“What we do in space is serious, yes, but it’s also incredibly fun. It’s not just about the epic EVA but the M&Ms dancing merrily inside the package, colliding colourfully in weightlessness,” says Commander Chris Hadfield in his book ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’.

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“Life is full of so many small unexpected pleasures, not just in space but right here on Earth and I think I see them more clearly now than I used to because microgravity insists you pay attention. Weightlessness is like a new toy you get to unwrap every day, again and again.

It’s a great reminder too that you need to savour the small stuff, not just sweat it”.

Savouring the good things is a key habit which research shows boosts resilience, well-being and performance at work. Even on the tough days we can find something to celebrate for ourselves and with our teams.  It’ll energise you and the people around you.


If you would like to learn an evidence based approach to energising yourself and others, do contact us and we can show you how we tackle this on our courses.

Buy Chris Hadfield’s book on Amazon.

Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

How Astronauts Cheer Up

Commander Chris Hadfield is the master at taking the long view and seeing the opportunities in tough situations. (If you need a reminder of who Chris Hadfield is, watch his cover of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, recorded on board the International Space Station on YouTube).

When he was overlooked for going into space not just once but four times he says:

“This is when attitude really started to matter. I have a clear memory of giving myself a pep talk about then that started with, ‘Don’t be an idiot’. I reminded myself that I wasn’t sitting around doing nothing. I was learning so much every day that I could almost hear my neurons firing.”

He is a master of the ‘flip it’ technique.  He does feel disappointment and does get affected but somehow finds a genuine opportunity or upside quickly.  This allows him to perform better and enjoy the process.

His book is littered with examples of his mind-set in action.  He talks about how he responded when things went wrong on space walks.  And he had the same troubles as many people have with a boss – he worked with a difficult senior astronaut who would dress him down in front of mission control.

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“I learned a lot from him ….I realised, wow, he’s really effective and a top operator of a complex vehicle.  He had some great skills and some fundamental problems… It helped me stop reacting emotionally to his abuse and start trying to figure out how to make the best of the situation.  The key was to understand that the problems were his, not mine and they all seemed to stem from his insecurity”.

‘Flip it’ is an essential foundation you can acquire on our Positive Leadership. Peak Performance course and apply to your own real life situations.

Chris’ style of personal leadership and his leadership of others is an excellent example of the behaviours and positive practices we’re coaching on our Positive Leadership. Peak Performance Programmes.  Hard evidence shows that using positive leadership practices to lead yourself and others delivers higher sales, more internal engagement and better productivity.  If you would be interested in how it can help you meet your goals, please do get in touch.

Buy Chris Hadfield’s book ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ on Amazon.